Former President Obama said Friday that he hopes President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE's election drives more Americans to the polls.
"If you thought elections don’t matter, I hope these last two years have corrected that impression," Obama said in a speech at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. "So if you don’t like what’s going on right now — and you shouldn't — do not complain."
"Don’t hashtag, don’t get anxious, don’t retreat, don’t binge on whatever it is you’re binging on, don’t lose yourself in ironic detachment, don’t put your head in the sand, don’t boo," he added. "Vote."
"The biggest threat to our democracy is indifference," he said. "The biggest threat to our democracy is cynicism. Cynicism led too many people to turn away from politics and stay home on Election Day."
OBAMA: "In the end, the threat to our democracy doesn't just come from Donald Trump or the current batch of Republicans in Congress or too much compromise from Democrats or Russian hacking. The biggest threat to our democracy is indifference. The biggest threat is cynicism." pic.twitter.com/5R5ck7QYpo— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 7, 2018
Much of Obama's speech was targeted squarely at Trump, marking the first time since leaving office that the former president has gone after the president by name.